I will upload a comparison of the actual 2012 ABA data versus the 2011 ABA data once it is released so that you can see the difference. Hopefully you will then understand what I am talking about. (Basically, lots of the jobs for the 2012 ABA data will disappear because they aren't FTLT, which will reduce many of the positive percentages to the right of the table.)
Even from this comparison, you can see that placement into 501+ firms is down. Yes, federal clerkships are up, which is a good thing, but I wouldn't call the employment stats "significantly better."
You make a valid point, but I think you're overlooking Wakelaw15's point. He's not comparing the total # of employed grads, he's comparing the total # of FTLTJD jobs, so that number, which is 106, will not disappear, because they are FTLT. The total # of employed grads, which is 135, very well may drop as you stated.